A hernia is an opening or weakness in the abdominal wall muscles that normally hold the abdominal organs in place. Patients often feel a bulge or protrusion and may have discomfort at the site of the hernia. Hernias can be caused by anything that weakens the abdominal wall such as an incision from a previous operation, obesity or pregnancy. Sometimes patients are born with a weakness or opening that only becomes apparent after many years or when they lift something heavy.
Please see attached .pdf documents for a more detailed overview of Groin, Umbilical, and Ventral Hernia Repair.